Join American Farriers Journal April 24-26 for the first Performance Horse Hoof-Care Classroom focused on hunters and jumpers. This 100% free-to-attend online educational event will feature 8 on-demand video presentations attendees can watch online on their own schedule, during these 3 days.
The Performance Horse Hoof-Care Classroom offers practical information about shoeing for different surfaces, managing common pathologies of hunters/jumpers, competition judging and how it relates back to farriery, and advice from leading professionals in the hunter/jumper field.
During a thought-provoking session, "Successful Shoeing for Synthetic Surfaces," Sedalia, Colo., farrier Jason Critton will share ways to overcome the challenges that farriers face when horses are in synthetic footing and what options there are for shoeing horses to be successful in synthetic footing.
Footing and traction are among the most important considerations for hunters and jumpers. In this session, Critton, who is well acquainted with the footing and traction needs of equine athletes, will offer his insights on how to use the knowledge of what surface each horse will be performing on to better shoe them and prepare the horses for success.
About Jason Critton: Jason Critton grew up around the Quarter Horse racing industry. He started galloping race horses at the age of 13. It was while riding that he became fascinated with equine biomechanics and horseshoeing. As a young man he spent his mornings on top of horses as a jockey and his afternoons underneath them as a farrier's assistant.
His shoeing career officially started in 1998 upon graduation from Oklahoma Farriers College. Critton has a BS in Engineering Education from Utah State University (2002), CJF (2010), and was the 13th farrier in the U.S. to earn the AFA's Therapeutic Endorsement (2013). Critton is the official farrier of the Colorado Horse Park (2015-present), the head farrier for numerous FEI events, and the farrier for the 2017 FEI World Cup jumping and dressage finals.
He is the founder of C-Cross Farrier Services, which is a multi-farrier team based outside of Denver in Sedalia, Colo. C-Cross Farriers are committed to the sound performance of sport horses through continued education, certification and competition. Critton is a member of the AAPF, AFA, ESP and WCB. He is passionate about shoeing show horses and is honored to share what he has learned over the years as a show farrier. Most notably he is happily married and the proud father of 2 girls and a boy, (Charley, Mack and Kennedy).
To learn more about this and other Hunter/Jumper Performance Horse Hoof-Care Classroom presentations, and to register for this free online educational event, visit www.Americanfarriers.com/Performance.
Watch below as Critton and American Farriers Journal Lead Content Editor Jeff Cota discuss Critton's presentation, "Successful Shoeing for Synthetic Surfaces."